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Student Census

The London District Catholic School Board is committed to improving the experiences and outcomes of all its students. As a Catholic community, equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion are values rooted in our Faith. 

 

The data that is collected from the Student Census will help us better understand our students, eliminate systemic barriers to student success, promote equity, and develop effective programs, policies, supports and resources to best meet student needs. 

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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents 

Parents and Guardians are asked to complete the Student Census at home for each one of their children enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 8. 

If you have any questions regarding the Student Census or need assistance in completing it, please speak with your teacher. You can also email: [email protected] or call 519.663.2088 Ext. 42114.

The LDCSB Student Census for K-8 students is a confidential and voluntary survey to be completed by parents/guardians of students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. It contains 20 questions related to the student’s identity background, family characteristics, learning environment and student well-being.

As a Catholic community, equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion are values rooted in our Faith. The purpose of collecting student census data is to help the LDCSB obtain a better understanding of the diversity of our student population, identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success, well-being and inclusion and improve programs and services for students.

The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided direction to all publicly funded school boards that a Census for elementary students (K-8) must be completed by parents/guardians.

Yes. All school boards across the province are mandated to conduct a student census before January 2023. Some school boards have already collected this census data and some others are currently doing so.  This is part of the Ontario Education Equity Plan. Student Census data is collected under the authority of Ontario’s Anti-Racism Act, the Education Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and is aligned with Ontario's Anti-Racism Data Standards and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

No. The Student Census is completely voluntary. However, the LDCSB encourages all parents/guardians and students to complete the Student Census. This is to ensure the results most closely represent our student population and provide the LDCSB with accurate and meaningful information.  

Parents/guardians can access the Student Census via a personal link sent to their email address.

Yes. Parents/guardians are asked to complete a Student Census for each child they have attending a LDCSB school. Each Census will take about 20 minutes.

No. Parents/guardians can complete the census using any of their personal devices like laptop, desktop computer, tablet, iPad, mobile phone etc. Paper copies can also be made available. The Student Census has been translated in several  different languages.

Yes. Parents are welcome to skip any question or leave any question blank for any reason whatsoever. You can also exit the Student Census whenever you wish.

No. The data collected is not anonymous but will be kept confidential. A unique identifier will be assigned to each student. Student Census responses will be linked to the student’s unique identification number (ID). This unique ID will replace student ID/email address in the datasets that will be used for further analysis and research.

 

All information collected will be stored in servers that are password-protected, encrypted and cloud-based. This can be accessed only by authorized LDCSB research and Information Technology staff. All staff dealing with this data will be given necessary training in maintaining high privacy standards. Only aggregated student data will be disclosed to students, parents, public and staff. Individual student data will not be disclosed.

The Student Census will be available to parents/guardians in the early and late Fall. Parents/guardians will receive an email with a personal link to the Student Census for each K-8 child they have attending a LDCSB school.  

A summary report of the Student Census findings will be made available to all parents/guardians once the report has been approved by the Board of Trustees at a regular Board meeting.

If you have any questions regarding the Student Census or need assistance in completing it, please email: [email protected] or call 519.663.2088 Ext. 42114.

Additional Parent Resources

Frequently Asked Questions for Students 

Students enrolled in Grades 9 to 12 will complete the Census independently during class time, and teachers will be available to help students if they have any difficulty completing the Census. 

The LDCSB Student Census for students enrolled in Grades 9 – 12 is a confidential and voluntary survey to be completed by students during class time. It contains 21 questions related to your identity-based background, family characteristics, learning environment, and student well-being.

As a Catholic community, equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion are values rooted in our Faith. The purpose of collecting student census data is to help the LDCSB obtain a better understanding of the diversity of our student population, identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success, well-being and inclusion, as well as improve programs and services to students.

Yes. All school boards across the province are mandated to conduct a student census before January 2023. Some school boards have already collected this census data and some others are currently doing so.  This is part of the Ontario Education Equity Plan. Data for this census is collected under the authority of Ontario’s Anti-Racism Act, the Education Act, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and is aligned with Ontario's Anti-Racism Data Standards and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

No. The Student Census is completely voluntary. However, the LDCSB encourages all students to complete the Student Census. This is to ensure the results most closely represent our student population and provide the LDCSB with accurate and meaningful information.   

Students can access the Student Census via a personal link sent to their email address. The Student Census will be completed during class time.

Yes. Students can skip any question or leave any question blank for any reason whatsoever. You can also exit the Student Census whenever you wish.

No. The data collected is not anonymous but will be kept confidential. A unique identifier will be assigned to each student. Student Census responses will be linked to the student’s unique identification number (ID). This unique ID will replace student ID/email address in the datasets that will be used for further analysis and research.

 

All information collected will be stored in servers that are password-protected, encrypted and cloud-based. This can be accessed only by authorized LDCSB research or Information Technology staff. All staff dealing with this data will be given necessary training in maintaining high privacy standards. Only aggregated student data will be disclosed to students, parents, public and staff. Individual student data will not be disclosed.

The Student Census will be available to Grade 9 – 12 students the early and late Fall. Students will receive an email with a personal link to the Student Census.   

A summary report of the census findings will be made available to students once the report has been approved by the Board of Trustees at a regular Board meeting.

If you feel you need support today after completing the Student Census or any day, please reach out to a caring adult such a teacher, other school staff and parents. You can also call the Kids Help Phone at any time at 1.800.668.6868 or text to CONNECT 686686. You can also call the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Helpline at 1.855.242.3310 or the Black Youth Helpline at 1.833.294.8650. Additional mental health and well-being resources can be found Here.

Additional Student Resources

Educator Resources
Please find the Educator Guide and other resources below for secondary teachers who are supporting Grade 9-12 students in completing the Student Census.